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The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present Paul Seabright | Hardcover Drawing on biology, sociology, anthropology, and economics, this book shows that conflict between the sexes is, paradoxically, the product of cooperation.
An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies Tyler Cowen | Hardcover One of the most influential economists of the decade boldly argues that just about everything you’ve heard about food is wrong.
The Social Conquest of Earth Edward O. Wilson | Hardcover Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, this book presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.
God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion Victor J. Stenger | Paperback This book goes on to detail how religion and science are fundamentally incompatible in several areas: the origin of the universe and its physical parameters, the origin of complexity, holism versus reductionism, the nature of mind and consciousness, […]
Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry about What We Eat Harvey Levenstein | Hardcover This book explores one of the striking anomalies of American culture: its love/hate relationship with eating and the particularly perplexing choices that humans have to make about the food they eat because they can eat everything.
In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World Ian Stewart | Hardcover In this book, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a 17 mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress.
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind The fascinating chronicle of life’s history is not told through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, throughout time.
Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology David S. Richeson | Paperback Leonhard Euler’s polyhedron formula describes the structure of many objects, from soccer balls and gemstones to giant all-carbon molecules – and yet this formula is so simple it can be explained to a child.
Experiment Eleven: Deceit and Betrayal in the Discovery of a Wonder Drug Peter Pringle | Hardcover This book reveals for the first time the scandals behind one of the most important discoveries in the history of medicine.
Boredom: A Lively History Peter Toohey | Paperback This book argues that boredom is actually one of our most common and constructive emotions and is an essential part of the human experience.